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  • UNESCO and the culture of denial

    By David N. Myers

    October 19, 2016 | 11:20 am

    The resolution by the executive board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) last week to remove any reference to a Jewish link to the Temple Mount while condemning Israeli behavior in the Old City of Jerusalem is disturbing on various levels....

  • Temple Mount memorial mourns slain 13-year-old Israeli girl

    July 12, 2016 | 10:04 am

    At least 50 people ascended the Temple Mount for a memorial with the family of slain West Bank teen Hallel Yaffa Ariel.

    It was the largest group of Jews permitted to visit the Temple Mount in the past year, according to Haaretz.

    About 200 supporters gathered afterward at the...

  • Israel to UNESCO: Don’t erase Jews’ connection to Jerusalem

    July 12, 2016 | 9:31 am

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to members of a United Nations committee condemning a draft resolution that negates Jewish historical ties to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

    The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

  • Mother of slain Israeli girl asks permission to hold memorial on Temple Mount

    July 11, 2016 | 9:01 am

    The mother of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, the 13-year-old Jewish girl killed in her bed by a Palestinian teenage attacker, requested permission to have a memorial ceremony on the Temple Mount.

    Rina Ariel in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked to bring 250 people to the...

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  • Jewish woman, 73, praying at Western Wall struck by rock thrown by Palestinian rioters

    June 28, 2016 | 10:38 am

    A Jewish woman, 73, who was praying at the Western Wall was struck in the head by a rock thrown from the Temple Mount by Palestinian rioters.

    The woman suffered a light head injury in the attack on Tuesday, the first such attack on worshippers at the Western Wall in several...

  • Muslim rioters, Israeli police clash on Temple Mount for second straight day

    June 27, 2016 | 8:56 am

    Muslim rioters protesting visits to the Temple Mount during Ramadan and Israeli police clashed for a second straight day at the holy site.

    On Monday, the rioters threw rocks, stones and firecrackers at police officers. They had been stockpiling the weapons in the Al-Aqsa mosque...

  • Netanyahu scolds new Knesset member for visiting Temple Mount just before swearing-in

    May 24, 2016 | 8:28 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scolded Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick for paying a visit to the disputed holy site hours before being sworn in as a Knesset member.

    Glick, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, visited the Jerusalem site — which is holy to both Muslims and...

  • Two Jewish visitors removed from Temple Mount for bowing in prayer

    April 26, 2016 | 8:09 am

    Muslim worshippers became violent on the Temple Mount on Tuesday, after two male Jewish visitors bowed down in prayer, a violation of the visiting rules.

    The two Jewish men were attacked as they prostrated themselves by Muslim worshippers, who clashed with police attempting to...

  • Israeli police ban lawmakers, ministers from Temple Mount over Passover

    April 22, 2016 | 10:53 am

    Citing “security reasons,” Israeli police announced that Knesset members and government ministers are banned from visiting the Temple Mount during the eight-day Passover holiday, which begins Friday night.

    Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld announced the rule Friday, the Times of...

  • Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick visits holy site after ban lifted

    March 1, 2016 | 3:07 pm

    Yehuda Glick, an Israeli activist who wants Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, visited the flashpoint area after an Israeli court lifted a ban on him accessing the holy site.

    Temporarily barred from the Temple Mount over charges he assaulted a Palestinian woman,...

  • Assault charges against Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick dropped

    February 25, 2016 | 3:24 pm

    The indictment accusing Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick of attacking a Palestinian woman at the site has been withdrawn.

    On Thursday, Israel Police dropped the charges against Glick stemming from the accusation after the State Prosecutor’s Office said the woman’s testimony may...

  • Changing the status quo in Jerusalem?

    November 5, 2015 | 9:25 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    After more than a month of violent Palestinian attacks that have killed 11 Israelis, and the deaths of at least 75 Palestinians in both attacks and clashes with Israeli troops, Palestinians insist that Israel wants to change the...

  • Letters to the editor: Lucy Aharish, Bill Clinton and peace talks, the Temple Mount and more

    November 4, 2015 | 9:35 am

    Lucy Aharish: Progressive and Practical

    I agree with David Suissa’s column “Why I Love Lucy” (Oct. 30). In order for there to be true peace in the State of Israel, the Palestinian Authority must have a progressive attitude. Instead of wallowing in the past with hatred and...

  • Is Abbas responsible for inciting the terror in Israel?

    November 3, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of tampering with the status quo on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. He railed against Jews defiling the holy site with their “filthy feet.” He claimed, falsely, that Israeli security forces had killed a 13-year old Palestinian...

  • On Europe trip, Abbas gets red carpet — and some hard questions

    November 2, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    On his way to several meetings with Dutch parliamentarians last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage passed 300 demonstrators flying Israeli flags.

    Like the Israeli government, the protesters, who convened outside at the urging of Dutch Jewish and...

  • All quiet in Jerusalem

    October 29, 2015 | 11:08 am

    This article orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    With large numbers of police on the streets of Jerusalem, attacks by Palestinians on Israelis have disappeared in the last week. The storm of violence centered on the city since the start of October appears to have moved its...

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker visits Temple Mount in violation of ban

    October 28, 2015 | 9:08 am

    An Arab-Israeli lawmaker visited the Temple Mount, violating a directive issued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Basel Ghattas of the Arab Joint List visited the holy site on Wednesday and said afterward that he saw Jews praying there who were not stopped by police standing...

  • Lawmaker makes controversial remark about Israeli flag at Temple Mount

    October 27, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu restated his government’s commitment to the status quo on the Temple Mount after a government minister said it was her dream to see an Israeli flag fly on the site.

    “I think it’s the center of Israeli sovereignty, the capital of Israel,...

  • Palestinians criticize Temple Mount surveillance plan

    October 26, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    Palestinian officials are opposing a plan to install 24-hour surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount.

    Several Palestinian leaders criticized the proposal on Monday, Bloomberg News and Reuters reported.

    “The placement of cameras in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is not only a...

  • Jerusalem grand mufti: Temple Mount never had Jewish Temple

    October 26, 2015 | 9:08 am

    The grand mufti of Jerusalem said in an interview with an Israeli television station that there has never been a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

    There has been a mosque on the site “since the creation of the world,” Sheik Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, who is in charge...

  • Jerusalem Grand Mufti: Never a Jewish Temple on Temple Mount

    October 25, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    The grand mufti of Jerusalem said in an interview with an Israeli television station that there has never been a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

    There has been a mosque on the site “since the creation of the world,” Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, who is in charge...

  • Israel lifts restrictions on Muslims’ access to Temple Mount

    October 23, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Israel lifted restrictions that it imposed last month on access by Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount.

    On Friday morning Israel Police dispensed with the limitations, which it had put in place amid an upsurge in terrorist attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank....

  • Official misconduct: How Mahmoud Abbas lies to incite violence

    October 21, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech on Oct. 14 — and it was all based on lies. And those lies continue to fan the flames of terror. The Palestinian president hopes that Europe and the West will believe him and apply pressure on Israel. More than that, he hopes that the rest of the world,...

  • UNESCO votes to classify Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Muslim sites

    October 21, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, condemned Israel for what it said are attempts to alter the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    While the resolution approved Wednesday morning in Paris by the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization...

  • Prominent Arab-Israeli news anchor slams Palestinian leaders

    October 15, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    Arab-Israeli news anchor Lucy Aharish isn’t afraid to take on both sides of her fraught identity. She has spoken out against the racism that Palestinians face in Israeli society as well as against Palestinian violence.

    Aharish, 34, was interviewed on Tuesday on...

  • The New York Times’ ‘Big Lie’ about the Temple Mount

    October 13, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Last week, I opened The New York Times to Rick Gladstone’s article, “Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place,” happy that the newspaper of record would explain to its audience the historical context of this embattled piece of real estate.

    As I read on, I...

  • Did Jewish visitors to Temple Mount spark current tensions?

    October 9, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    A leading Sephardic rabbi who advises the haredi Orthodox Shas party criticized Jews who have been visiting the Temple Mount, saying they “sparked all the current tumult.”

    Rabbi Shimon Baadani, a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, said Thursday on a Shas radio program,...

  • White House calls for fully restored status quo on Temple Mount

    October 8, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    The Obama administration condemned escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians and called for a full return to the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians,” White...

  • Israeli lawmakers banned from Temple Mount in wake of violence

    October 8, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned government ministers and lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount.

    The directive was first issued Wednesday night and appeared to be aimed only at Jews. Following complaints from right-wing ministers, the Prime Minister’s...

  • Netanyahu leaves for U.N. address, Kerry meeting

    September 29, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will call for an end to incitement on the Temple Mount and discuss “Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians” during a meeting with John Kerry.

    Netanyahu also said that during his address this week to the United Nations...

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